Psychology Graduate Student Assumes Leadership Role in National Professional Association

June 7, 2018 — Paul Vespo, a student in Marist’s MA in School Psychology program, was recently elected as the Division 16 Student Leader for the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).  APAGS provides assistance and support through the Psychology Student Leader Network (PSLN), a virtual network of student leaders from the American Psychological Association’s 54 divisions; state, provincial, and territorial psychological associations (STPAs); ethnic minority Paul Vespo '19psychological associations; and other related entities, all of whom collaborate to share best practices and hone their leadership skills. 

PSLN’s mission is to promote student leadership within psychology divisions, associations, and organizations; connect student leaders with APAGS and with each other; provide a forum to address the challenges involved in student leadership while aiding in the development of leadership skills; focus on student-specific issues such as how organizations can better serve their student members; and provide a unifying framework and standard procedural recommendations to divisions so that student leadership is most effectively utilized. 

Vespo, who earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from SUNY Purchase, was attracted to Marist’s graduate program in school psychology because of its emphasis on teaching students to be experts in psychological assessment, counseling, and educational consultation – in other words, the various roles a school psychologist must perform to be effective.  He added, “Now that I’m in the program, I know that Marist is preparing me well for my future career.  In addition, the school psychology professors have been phenomenal.” 

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